Turlock already has a professional indoor soccer team in the Turlock Express, two collegiate teams that represent California State University, Stanislaus, a pair of high school programs with several championships to their names, and established youth and travel leagues that develop talent on a regular basis. It’s safe to say the game of soccer is well represented in the area.
But for those fans who crave more of the sport, there’s good news. Turlock will soon welcome the Under-23 Premier Development League team of the San Jose Earthquakes, becoming a designated ticketed distribution and marketing source for a 14-month period ending in May 2015.
The unnamed team is set to practice at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex and will call the pitch of CSU Stanislaus its home for official games. While its name and its roster has yet to be determined, its coach has been selected—Dana Taylor, the current CSU Stanislaus men’s soccer coach.
The PDL team’s season will begin on May 9 with its first home game scheduled for May 31 against the OC Blues. There will be a total of seven home games through the season.
But Earthquake fans won’t have to wait until summer to get their professional soccer fix as San Jose will play its final preseason game at Warrior Field on Wednesday against Sacramento Republic FC.
In addition to bringing in a big name and talented team for locals to enjoy, Turlock will also benefit from the partnership by taking 10 percent off its ticket sales and funneling the money into local youth soccer scholarships.